Monday, November 26, 2007

Men, women and cannabis

The rate of cannabis use by women has been increasing in recent decades. This study examined the etiology of cannabis use and abuse among women and the possible role of genetic risk factors. In women, genetic risk factors have a moderate impact on the probability of ever using cannabis and a strong impact on the liability to heavy use, abuse, and, probably, dependence. By contrast, the family and social environment substantially influences risk of ever using cannabis but plays little role in the probability of developing heavy cannabis use or abuse. Fifty-three UK and 59 USA people with multiple sclerosis (MS) answered anonymously the first questionnaire on cannabis use and MS. From 97 to 30% of the subjects reported cannabis improved (in descending rank order): spasticity, chronic pain of extremities, acute paroxysmal phenomenon, tremor, emotional dysfunction, anorexia/weight loss, fatigue states, double vision, sexual dysfunction, bowel and bladder dysfunctions, vision dimness, dysfunctions of walking and balance, and memory loss.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Going Feminized

Humans discovered the psychoactive qualities of the plant thousands of years ago. The Scythians, who lived in northeastern Europe around 100 B.C, inhaled cannabis fumes in enclosed rooms. The practices were described by Herodotus, a Roman, who is considered by Westerners to be the world’s first historian. The tribe had not yet discovered the efficiencies of the smoking pipe. Before recorded history various cannabis varieties were developed by a combination of selective breeding and acclimatization. For instance, people gathering seeds for food would tend to propagate large-seeded plants whose seeds stayed on the stem. Cannabis usually developed into hemp in areas above the 30th parallel and contained small but variable amounts of the psychoactive substance, THC. Hemp does contain large amounts of a nearly non-psychoactive precursor of THC, cannabidiol, or CBD like this white widow feminized. The ratio of CBD to THC in cannabis increases with increasing latitudes of adapted plants.

Monday, November 12, 2007

A well-used and resinous pipe screen also works well. There may be a difference in the potency of the oil when smoked in this manner (placing the flame directly on the oil). When the oil is smoked in an oil vaporization pipe or on aluminum foil, the oil is not actually burned, but distilled. The heat of the lighter causes the oil to vaporize and your lungs act as a condenser. The product actually entering your lungs is slightly different than when the oil is actually burned. Perhaps this accounts for the more predominant tendency to cough when the oil is smoked in the oil pipe.Thanks for the recipe for “Texas Super Hash”, but can anyone suggest a good binding agent or some type of press for the hash? It seems that mine never hardens fast enough before I smoke it; and I’d like to add that people around here are amazed at what my little toy can do (semi di marijuana). Many thanks for introducing the to Massachusetts.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

not only thc

You’re right again on the long-term storage of cannabis. There is probably no better form than 8-on-1 Isohash for long-term storage. What happens when cannabis gets old and loses its power is that the THC oxidates into a non-psychoactive substance. Exposure to air, light and heat cause this to happen. Any substance that has been processed should be kept in an airtight, light proof container in the freezer.Hi. I just came up with a hash-making method that produces a product far superior to that of 0l’ Tex! I just happened to find this out while checking out that article on the Isomerizer in Head magazine. I was familiar with the Isomerization process as I had gone to a college medical library and looked up the formula reference given by David in Cannabis (semi di marijuana). Kicking the cannabidiol element over to high-rotating THC is a pretty clear-cut thing. Well, I decided to dig into this decarboxalation trip and see what it was all about. It was while checking this out at the library that I came across the hash making method that should cause me to go down in the annals of Hash Making History.

Monday, November 5, 2007

cannabis weekend

Save the green solvent and replace the wet herb in the soaking vessel.Add the fresh solvent to the herb in the soaking vessel and soak for another 24 hours.Pour off the solvent through the filter paper, add the green solvent to that obtained before, and re soak again in fresh solvent. Repeating this process several more times has cut my soxhleting time to often less than two hours for complete extraction. I work during the week and I like to have as much time as
possible on the weekends, so I have used this process to cut my actual machine operation time to just a few hours. I begin my soaking on Sunday and change the solvent every night until the next Saturday. This takes about five minutes each night. I begin soxhleting Saturday morning, and after a very short time the cannabis is almost completely brown, indicating a good extraction. I then Isomerize® and am smokin’ by noon. It seems to me that if you have cannabis and solvent you should always have some soaking.Several extra cycles of soaking in fresh alcohol will cut the extraction time considerably.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

it's just cannabis

After removing all the solvent and draining the condenser, the drums are opened, and all the cannabis material is scooped out and stored in a closed drum. The cannabis oil/solvent mixture is replaced in the lower drum and assembled for distillation and collection of the solvent. The funnel, which is held by the empty soxhlet chamber, collects the recondensed drops of pure solvent as they fall from the tubes. Graines de cannabis.The liquid runs through a hose to the fitting on the side of the drum. Another hose on the outside takes the solvent to a receiving barrel, where it is collected. When all the solvent is evaporated, a heavy film of oil coats the bottom of the lower drum. This is redissolved in a small amount of solvent and the mixture is removed from the drum. The mixture is stored in an unbreakable container. The damp, powdered cannabis is replaced in the drum and the solvent just removed and collected is added. The apparatus is assembled and operated as before, then refluxing for three hours, draining and collecting the oil. The bottom of the soxhiet chamber is fitted with a filter paper and set in the lower drum.